What are you looking for?
In chapter one, we suggested that you define exactly what you are looking for in your next Assistant role.
This is even more important if you are using the internet to find your next role. The internet is vast, and there are many websites, advertising roles for assistants.
If you know what you want in your next role, it will save you a lot of time searching through various websites.
This seems the obvious place to start, but using a search engine like Google will throw up a whole load of stuff that may not be relevant to your job search.
If you were to Google’ Assistant jobs’ over a million results appear.
That would take quite some time to work through. So you must refine your search.
This is where keywords come into play.
Using a specific search term or keywords based on your ideal role will help you narrow down the number of results that appear in your search engine.
So, for example, using Personal Assistant role to Communications Director in London in Google will bring up jobs relevant to your specific search.
There are thousands of websites dedicated to the recruitment, so again it is worthwhile being selective with the job boards that you use.
Ideally, you want to use a website that has roles specifically for assistants in your location and has roles within the industry that you want to work in. Most job boards will have filters that you can use to narrow your search.
Most job boards will also let you set up an alert so that you receive an email whenever a new role is posted on their website. This is a great way to keep up to date with all of the latest posts.
Do remember that with so many jobs posted on these websites, the roles can be filled pretty quickly, so it is worth following up with the recruitment agent specifically if you find your dream role.
Recruitment Agency websites
Although most agencies will post their new roles onto wider job boards, it is still worth checking their websites directly.
Generally, they will post new roles on their website before anywhere else, so it is worth setting up an alert if you find an agent that recruits for your preferred position.
Social media platforms are critical to any online job search. The obvious social media platform to start using is LinkedIn. Here you will find a considerable amount of resources to aid your job search, and there are numerous articles and books written about LinkedIn. We will go into more detail later in this chapter.
Again, most organisations and recruitment agencies will post new roles on LinkedIn.
If you are active on LinkedIn, you may find that you are approached directly with job offers. So, when looking for a new role, firstly, you must have a LinkedIn profile and secondly, that it is up to date. Most potential recruiters will look at your LinkedIn profile when reviewing your application.
LinkedIn is also a useful tool for researching your potential employer, particularly when preparing for your interview. It is also a great place to network professionally.
Having a strong network will help your job search significantly. Twitter and Facebook are also significant social media platforms to network and keep up to date with jobs.
Again, if you have an interview coming up, check out the organisation’s Twitter and Facebook accounts to get a flavour of what is happening in the business.
Your online profile
A word of warning!
Before you start to look for your next role, make sure that you Google yourself. Your potential employer will.
Usually, you will not find anything remotely embarrassing or unprofessional, but if you do, make sure you have an explanation for it.
Your potential employer will look at your online profile so make sure it is up to date, professional and shows you in a positive light.